As any manager realizes, larger areas to supervise raise the likelihood that data and communication issues will be overlooked. A small office’s supervision problems are multiplied when your jurisdiction is a much larger environment like a warehouse, loading dock, call center, hospital or school campus. When the time comes to expand, relocate, or upgrade a network, many project managers choose fiber optics as the backbone of the new data transmission setup.
Beginning with the basics, fiber optics deliver high grade data transmission over longer distances and at higher bandwidths than conventional copper wires. Fiber optics retain or exceed the high capacities of even the latest high-tech cables without the signal loss and are mostly immune to electromagnetic interference. This is vital for the application in industry and even more important for use in a hospital or school. Let’s see how one aspect of management, security cameras, is helped by choosing fiber optics to support data infrastructure.
A technology manager reports to a branch or regional manager and is responsible for keeping all parts of a project under control. For instance, the bid system typically results in choosing the lowest bid due to budgetary constraints. The technology manager may find themselves juggling IT deadlines, finding competent specialists, and planning for damage control and future growth. It is enough to challenge the most competent manager, so let’s make at least one aspect of the project easy.
Security cameras can be the easiest part of the job. A camera for security purposes may be stationary or tracking, depending on the particular need of the situation. A narrow hospital hallway, for example, is served by a stationary range of view camera, and a broad area such as a loading dock needs a tracking camera to pinpoint activity or movement. The technology manager relies on the best possible security imaging to protect both investments and personnel.
As the technology manager’s vision for the job is smaller scale, a regional manager must take in the broader picture for both public or private entities. A new hospital, for instance, in an established neighborhood has a set of unique infrastructure problems. It may not be cost-effective to bury cable conduits and so the project manager must research and choose from any number of alternatives. Security cameras mounted on towers oversee parking lots, the hospital’s entrances and exits, and even parts of the street approach to meet the unique security needs of each project. Fiber optics handle severe weather well because they do not rust or corrode. A hospital protected with security cameras linked by fiber optics can spell the end of headaches for the busy regional manager.
Schools require the utmost effort in security measures. A reliable and fast fiber optic security camera system means that all students can thrive in a safe environment, all the time. The fast speeds and high bandwidth means a possible savings over time as devices are added or changed on the network; not only security cameras, but computers and phones as well. Copper cabling is nearing its physical performance limits, and while innovations are still forthcoming, fiber optic cabling remains more future-proof than copper.
Due to their light weight, pliability, resistance to corrosion, imperviousness to electromagnetic interference and higher bandwidth capabilities, fiber optics cabling offers serious competition to CAT5 or CAT6 cabling in both upgrades and new applications in demanding applications in factories, schools, and hospitals.